The Rock feeding his fiancee Lauren Hashian breakfast while she breastfeeds their baby girl Tiana just shows how breastfeeding can really be a team effort.
It’s not easy being at the constant call of your baby or babies for milk. Everything else seems to fall by the wayside and not get done -washing, cooking, house like a tip and all too often looking after yourself. Partly because you have this amazing little thing who is now the centre of your universe and everything else doesn’t seem to matter. That’s where supportive partners are priceless. Recognising when you are tired or hungry or just need reminding what an amazing job you are doing. Sometimes seeing from outside the baby bubble and giving you the help you need.
Sadly we see lots of comments from breastfeeding parents who are thinking about stopping nursing as they are subject to unhelpful or just plain nasty remarks. Sadder still it is most often those closest to them- that is who you would have expected to be on your side and who you are most likely to listen to. If they have nothing helpful to say don’t waste your time listening, it is YOUR journey!
I have had the “why are you still breastfeeding” amongst other uninformed comments from relatives. Luckily I have an amazing husband who totally stands by breastfeeding and what we do and he wouldn’t have it any other way. He can so see the benefits of it and for that I am truly thankful. For those that aren’t in a good situation or a single parent just trying to survive, that’s where support groups and friends come in, whether breastfeeding support groups where you live or online, there are so many and they really do feel like a community with like minded people. Who doesn’t go online when they are up feeding through the night?!
You are maybe just feeling tired and can’t face another disturbed night but there will be loads of other parents up at the same time in the same boat, dont suffer in silence seek support and reassurance. If you have any doubts, speak to a friendly ear. If someone offers to help dont be afraid to take it, and don’t be afraid to ask.
But today we are reminded how awesome a breastfeeding journey can be doing it together. A newborn baby and a loving partner feeding his breastfeeding fiancee, too much to love, setting the standard right there.
So back to Mr Rock, what’s for tea?!